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Dr. Stephen Peter Rosen is the Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held a number of positions in government and academia. Rosen was the civilian assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Political-Military Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He also served as a member of the President's Commission on Integrated Long Term...

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Ambassador Dennis Ross returned to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as counselor in December 2011. Formerly the Institute’s Ziegler Distinguished fellow and counselor from 2001-2009, he recently served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, as well as a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for Iran.

For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East...

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Growing up as the granddaughter of immigrants from Russia and Poland, Tara Sonenshine always had a passion for giving back. Though they rarely spoke of it, Sonenshine knew of the difficulties her Jewish grandparents faced through pogroms and other discriminatory practices. She also knew that the United States was the beginning of a new life for them.

"When your roots are steeped in a history of discrimination, anti-Semitism, you recognize the importance of freedom and democracy, and you want to contribute to that," she says.


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Strobe Talbott has served as President of the Brookings Institution since 2002. He was previously Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University. From 1993-2001 Talbott served as Ambassador-at-Large for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and then as Deputy Secretary of State. He entered government service after twenty-one years as a journalist for Time magazine, where he finished as Time's Editor-at-Large and foreign affairs columnist.

Talbott is the author of six...

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Vin Weber is managing partner of the Washington, D.C. branch of Clark & Weinstock and Vice-Chair of the National Endowment for Democracy. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota. A prominent Republican strategist, Weber was on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. He served as the Bush-Cheney 2004 Plains States Regional Chairman and became the Policy Chairman for Romney for President Exploratory Committee in...

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